1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Oswald, "To Laura" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (18 December 1789).



Oh, LAURA, dear complaining maid,
Why pensive lurk beneath the shade,
And not unfold to eager Fame,
Who pants to tell the world — thy name.

See, MERRY, with ingenuous pride,
His shadowy vesture throws aside;
And bears, by DELLA CRUSCA won,
The wreath as PHOEBUS' darling son.

See too his tuneful partner joins,
MATILDA now the mask resigns,
And while we willing homage pay,
Exulting COWLEY owns the lay!

Then, gentle LAURA, oh! no more
Thy tender plaints in secret pour!
But tell th' admiring world thy name,
And triumph in the trump of Fame.